The Florida Association of Security Companies (FASCO) is a member of the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators representing and giving a voice to the interests of its FASCO members about current regulatory trends.
Since its inception in 1997, FASCO has represented Florida Security agencies by:
- Providing testimony at State Hearings to allow the industries voice to be heard.
- FASCO Directors serve on the Training Committee to assist in making recommendations to the DOL for updating necessary curriculm changes to Chapter 493 training requirements.
- Lobbying the Florida Legislature to support bills that enhance our industries ability to perform our services effectively
- Organizing personal contacts, and mass emailing Legislators on Bills affecting the Security Industry
- Notifying FASCO members of state alerts and BOLO's
All FASCO Directors are non-paid volunteers who are B Agency Owners or Employees. We donate our time to speaking with Legislators in Tallahassee, maintaining the FASCO website and traveling to Legislative hearings and Committee meetings across the State and Country in an effort to have our voices heard on important topics affecting our industry.
FASCO has employed a lobbyist to assist our organization in supporting legislation, which would enhance the overall professionalism of our industry.
- In 2013, FASCO successfully lobbied the Florida Legislature to pass HB 875, a bill that clarifies "critical infrastructure," gives detention authority to certain types of security officers, and makes unlicensed activity a felony after a second offense which greatly increases punishment for behavior that negatively impacts our industry’s image.
- In 2012, FASCO lobbied to require all 40 hours of training for 'D' licences to be completed upfront, before licencing would be issued.
- In 2012, FASCO successfully lobbied to have 'K' licencees recertify every two years.
- In 2010, FASCO initiated the revision of the "G" License rules and regulations, and overhauled framework on when and where "G" Licensed security officers could carry.
- In 2009, FASCO lobbied Florida Legislature again to keep regional offices open. FASCO was also successful again in keeping the offices open.
- Also in 2009, FASCO successfully prevented the raiding from the Division of Licensing Trust Fund, and re-enacted legal opinions.
- In 2009, FASCO, FALI, and The Florida Alliance of Certified Asset Recovery Specialists (FLACARS) created the Council of Presidents.
- In 2008, FASCO paired with the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI) in hosting the 2009 Annual Educational Conference.
- During 2007, FASCO received support from Legislative Sponsors, the Florida Sheriffs Association, and DHSMV to successfully pass an Emergency Vehicle Light Bill for our Industry owned and leased patrol vehicles. This Bill made it easier to better identify ourselves. Thus, creating a faster, safer response from public safety and medical personnel responding to calls from security officers in emergency situations and natural disasters, using 50/50 Split of Amber/Green lights
- Also during 2007, FASCO lobbied the Florida Legislature concerning the proposed closure of regional offices as a result of the budget cut mandate from the Governor. FASCO was successful in keeping these offices open which will allow us to conduct our business more efficiently.
- In 2006, FASCO developed legislative sponsors and support from the Florida Sheriffs Association to successfully pass HB85, that provides for enhanced penalties for anyone assaulting or battering a Licensed Security Officer while on duty
- In 2005, FASCO successfully lobbied the Legislature to pass SB2278/HB717, authorizing G-Licensed Security Officers to carry 9mm firearms on duty
Bios of Current Board Members:
Patty Schmitt CPP, President
K.C. Poulin, Chairman of the Board
Eddy Esquivel, Immediate Past President
John D'Agata, Vice President
Phillip Noblin, Treasurer
John Wurst, Secretary
Lenny Miller, Board Member
Mike Hargreaves, II, Board Member
Bios of Past Board Members:
Major Alan Lamarche, Past Chairman of the Board